Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif | Unibroue

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Quatre-Centième Brassin CommémoratifQuatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AlexF on 06-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.94/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 23rd August 2008, enjoyed 1st March 2010.

Appearance: Hazy soft gold, huge slightly off white bubbly head with good retention but leaves almost no lace.

Aroma: Yeasty, with a smooth mix of orange, banana, coriander, and high quality sugar. Enticing and refined.

Taste: Surely has benefited from its age. Orange, banana, and subtle coriander come through in a rich, fruity taste that also has hints of tropical fruit and syrup. A soft, slightly floral hop balance that lends no bitterness; only complexity. Even a hint of wood in here. 7.5% abv is well hidden. The taste is extremely refined, considerably more so than other Unibroue beers (which are very good) but the bottle fermentation over the last year and a half really shows how the flavour can develop and improve over time. Delightful.

Mouthfeel: Typical Unibroue and true to the style: crisp, medium bodied, good carbonation, refreshing, slightly dry. Silky too, possibly from age.

Drinkability: Pass me another. And put some in the cellar. Amazing.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.9/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Gary's in Madison...
Perhaps Unibroue's best brew ever, and one of, if not the, best North American representations of a Belgian style...
Appearance: Pours an outstanding, light-golden hue, pale, with rising carbonation, a giant, full-sized foamy and frothy head that deposited a thick level of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Sweet, candied aroma bursting through after popping the cork, with obvious nuances of yeast and only slight alcohol...
Taste: Excellent, full-bodied, full-flavored taste, sweet but not overbearing, bursting with quality... Hints of pale, candied sugars, honey, and cotton candy delight the palate... Hardly any alcohol detectable on the tongue, either...
Excellent stuff...
Highly recommended...

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Photo of Gmann
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a dirty hazy golden color with a nicy thick soapy white head that settles into a nice puffy cap. The aroma is of Belgian yeast; some banana, pepper, bubble gum. There is also the candi sugar and a light metallic twang; overall a great BSPA aroma. The taste is of Belgian pale malt, fantastic Belgian yeast and candi sugar, some light orange and lemon flavors. Exceptional. This hits the BSPA flavors on the head, nothing cloying, spot on. The feel is light to moderate with plenty of active carbonation, quite crisp and finishes sweet. Easily my favorite Unibroue brew. Excellent example of a true BSPA. Unibroue, to me, seems to use a different yeast strain on this one as it doesn't have that corriander flavor to it. Either that or that they don't use that much corriander on this one. Whatever, great brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$8.99 for a corked and caged 750ml at Wine Palace in Dearborn. 7.5% ABV. Unknown ingrediants, not available on Unibroue's website as of this review. Served in my Maudite glass...badass.

Pours out to a cloudy, near milky pale golden, forming a rocky white head with excellent retention and very good lacing. Moderate strong carbonation. The aroma begins with that trademark Unibroue nose...strong apple juice, cloves, fresh melon, green bananas, lemon, orange and perhaps coriander. Cleanly fermented, with no perceptable off odors. Mouthfeel is crisp, light and spritzy with a deceptively medium-dense body. Taste opens with apple juice, melon, bananas, and cloves...lots of phenolic spice up front with a mild grassy hop bitterness lingering on the tongue in the finish. The aftertaste is phenols and spice. Yeasty, but not milky, pasty or gluey. There is a certain distant rubbery twang in the very distant background.

Kinda like a mix between a witbier and a BSPA, this is an excellent brew. One of the better special occasion beers that I've had from Unibroue lately. Recommended...as are nearly all of Unibroue's biere's. Peace!

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Photo of seedyone
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11/21/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Dated 2008. Consumed 2013. This has to be one of the finest beers I've ever had. Bar none. Please tell me I don't have to wait until 2018 for another! Where do I start? Aroma? Nothing outstanding but appealing nonetheless. Pour? head was a bit shallow & lacing practically none existent. But just wait until this hits your tongue...smooth, lovingly sweet yet bitter. A love affair from the first sip. seek this out if you can. Otherwise wait til 2018. :^(

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL corked/caged bottle. This beer is bright yellow color with a beautiful poofy cloud of foam, thick and wet with infinitely long retention giving way to fragile lacing. The clarity ranged from clear in the first glass to hazy in the final pour. The smell was classic Unibroue yeast products, fruity esters and bready malts. Same with the taste, lots of sweetness possibly from the malts or from candi sugar or both. I think it's not possible to improve on the taste, it's exactly right for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, my strongest comparison would be St Bernardus Grotten Ale which is also impossibly delicious. The body is smooth and soft, very nice and easy drinking. Insanely good, I highly recommend this.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely clear orange amber with a very thick and rather persistent fluffy white head that leaves only minimal lacing. Fruity aroma is mainly apple and banana and has firm malty and yeasty notes. Mouth-filling flavor has tones of apple, malt, banana and yeast as well as hints of caramel and butterscotch. Smooth, full-bodied texture has a subtle tingle and leaves a mild but persistent fizz behind. Happy 400th birthday, Quebec City!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy yellow body with a half inch of off-white head. Smells like orange, grapefruit, lemon, pith, hints of coriander. Tastes sweet, with grapefruit and lemon playing dominant roles, and spice and caramel malts supporting. Light mouthfeel, but not thin, with moderate natural carbonation. Super drinkable considering the complexity and alcohol (which is virtually unnoticeable in either the flavor or aroma). One of Unibroue's best offerings to date for sure, and a no-brainer considering the price!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Unibroue tulip.

A - Poured a cloudy golden yellow with nice and even carbonation. A frothy white head was present (not as intense as many other unibroues, but way more than your average beer)...and slippery lacing.

S - Citrusy. Banana. Apple.

T - Cloves and spices added to the flavors in the nose. Really nice and soft BPA...very juicelike. Coriander. Saison-like.

M - Even. No bite at all. Lively carbonation. Clean and crisp after vibe.

D - Very smooth and a very easy drinker.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of StephenRich
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue has many more beers than most of us are typically aware of. But the Quatre-Centieme is not considered one of their specialties, it is a lesser known classic that begs for some well deserved attention. Classic though does not mean a lack or heritage. This beer was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Quebec City, a city which has welcomed a widely diverse range of immigrants since 1608.

So what you have here is a vintage Belgian-style strong golden ale crafted by arguably the best Belgian-style brewers in Canada. It comes in a classic Belgian 750ml corked bottle, is 7.5% and tells you very little about the beer itself. It was actually a bit of a mystery until I was able to read a bit about it on Uniboue's website - but even before that I was excited. I have had a few of these commemoration beers from Unibroue before, and these guys know what they are doing. When they create a beer in honor of their heritage, they mean business. Plus, I consider them to be the best Belgian-style brewers in Canada.

Although I am familiar with the style, and know Unibroue very well, I still was unsure of exactly what would come from this bottle. Their strong golden ales can range anywhere from pale and spicy, to amber and malty. They all have the same characteristic earthy yeast and effervescence, but they are also all independently unique and distinct.

I gave the bottle a gentle turn on its end to take a look at the yeast that I expected to be present. And sure enough, there was a smooth flurry of fine misted yeast pouring through the beer. This may not be a good idea for everyone - doing this startles the yeast so that when its poured, each glass will be able to enjoy some of the flavors that it provides. Typically it creates an earthier, slightly funkier beer that appears less clean. I know that sounds odd, but for my palate it really suites the style. But the only way to know if you will like it or not is to try it. So pour some without disturbing the bottle, then give it a twirl, and pour again in a separate glass. Compare for yourself.

I opened the Quatre-Cientieme cool around 8C (45F) and emptied it into a Unibroue Tulip. The pour was hugely lively showing a rush of exuberant carbonation and foam right from the second it hit the glass. A pale golden beer slid out of the bottle gently, but as it curled against the glass it simply erupted with life. I had to slow my pour significantly to allow beer to actually form without be rushed into foam.

Eventually I was left with about 2 inches of a hazy golden straw colored beer, and 4 inches of a dense, but airy mountain of head. The beer was opaque with signs of yeast floating in it and rich yellow and bright copper colors shining everywhere. The head was hugely pillowy with both a tight pack of bubbles, and a airy scattering of larger ones. Don't be discouraged by a pour like this, it is fitting for the style - see the definition of it in a Duvel.

The nose is wide and complex showing first a sweet, fresh pale malt aroma, then fading into fruit and spice. Soft lemon, banana, apricot, and green apples are gentle and floral on the nose, while spices of pepper, coriander, and ginger dance lightly in your nostrils. The yeast is very obvious and brings its own unique spice and earthiness to it.

Opening up to this beer and getting past the huge blockade of foam lets in a cool and tingling splash of classic Unibroue Belgian Ale. Instantly you feel the perfect balance of pale malt sweetness, dried fruit, yeasty esters, flowers and herbs. Its a cool and quenching beer given the natural effervescence of it, but it really brings a warming sense of spicy malts. White pepper, coriander, maybe a hint of ginger and lemony thyme show through in the back - spice here plays a balancing act both bringing down the earthy funk of the beer, and accentuating the malt sweetness.

Going back to the Quatre-Centieme I can pick up a smooth creamy flavor of wheat, dried apples, apricots and still more floral yeast. The overall construction is masterful, and I am willing to bet with another year in the cellar it would show even greater depth and complexity. The mouthfeel is amazing; it has a creamy smooth effervescence that is light and easy on your palate. The alcohol is warming but not boozy, and the flavors of perfectly interwoven - this is an excellent beer.

It finishes crispy with a spicy end and was completely appetizing and gently quenching. I would enjoy this beer with French onion soup, spicy chicken, curries, or fruit based desserts.

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Photo of drperm
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle in September, 2008. Sometimes there are bottles in my cellar that are marked "special occasion," and end up achieving almost sacred status to the point that I second-guess any potential occasion to open them. And sometimes, it's simply necessary to say, "what the hell" and open those bottles up.
My 2008 bottle of Quatre-Centième was one such of these, which, after staring at me in the fridge for 7 days (after having stared at me in the cellar for 12 months), finally won the battle of wills tonight. Glad I opened it. It's a delicious beer, not a holy relic.

The nose is subtle but bright hominy with a faint earthy spring grass hint that was probably more pronounced 5 years ago.

The taste is wonderful in an understated sort of way. Balanced, warming, with just a miniscule hint of musty-farmhouse sourness at the end. Delicious.

PLENTY of carbonation remains after 5 years, and it's pleasantly scrubby and spritzy on the palate.

A winner with food (Thai/Vietnamese, as long as not too spicy, OR artisanal cheeses and charcuterie) or all alone by itself. I'm sad I only bought one bottle of this 5 years ago.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not retired, still available in stores. This is also a saison and not a belgian strong pale ale.

A - Pours gold with 2 fingers of white head, which dissipate almost immediately. Leaves no lacing.

S/T - Very barnyardy. Notes of honey, lemon, coriander, and allspice. Slight bit of bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, malt dominated, and finishes very smooth despite barnyardesque taste.

D - Overall, very good. Ideal for a saison.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a caged and corked 750ml bottle and poured into my La Fin du Monde tulip glass.
Appearance: turbid apricot color, vibrant carbonation and an eggshell white head that bloomed up and slowly eased down to a thin layer and left small squiggles of lace.
Smell: yeasty, fruity aroma along with notes of vanilla, white pepper and crackery biscuity malt.
Taste: sugared, honey-dipped fruit flavor up front. Bananas, cloves, coriander, and tropical fruits all blend together with a solid yeasty, bready malt platform to create a bit of a "hefeweizen-on-steriods" taste. Spicy, hoppy bite in the finish with a pleasant peppery finish. Lowered alcohol content (7.5% vice the usual 9-10%) allows the flavors to not be overcome by the alcoholic sting sometimes found in other BSPA's.
Feel: light yet full thanks to the abundant carbonation.
Drinkability: I really liked this brew. Very tasty and easy-drinking. Another solid offering from Unibroue, one I plan on stocking up on.

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Photo of bashiba
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a big orange/amber color with a thick off white head.

The smell is a fruity mix of banana and orange with a touch of yeast.

Has a nice creamy caramel flavor with a bit of citrus and banana, a bit of yeast and a touch of hops in the finish, but almost desert like in flavor without being overly sweet.

The mouthfeel is ultra creamy and silky smooth with a long flavor.

Ultra drinkable, another great beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of choyhosoi
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a glass

A-looks like a cloudy hefe with a big white head

S-sweet scent with some floral notes.

t-very smooth with hardly any aftertaste it tasted like watery champagne.

m/d-this is a great beer for a sunny day it just seems to go down like water.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky pale-golden ale with ample carbonation and a one-finger head.

Aroma is very fragrant with a hint of apple and citrus. A subtle breadiness lies underneath but otherwise, the aromas from the yeast dominate this brew.

Taste is smooth and bready with slight hint of apple and citrus in the middle. Very subtle and even a bit of hop bitterness is present if not much.

Mouthfeel is mild and a bit chewy. Reminds me of a loaf of bread at the back of the throat. Decent mouthfeel.

Definitely another drinkable ale from Unibroue. It seems mellow and easy to enjoy. Worth a shot.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a hay like grassy aroma with a lot of malt. There is not much for hops the flavor or the aroma. The first pour from my 750ml bottle had an excellent head but as to be expected that died down with the bottle even with a stopper. It has wonderful lace and is very carbonated. It has hazy pale wheat beer look to the body. It has very clove wheat taste with some citrus. Thin in the body despite the carbonation.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a glowing, cloudy, pear nectar color with a smallish, creamy, off-white head that leaves droopy ropes of lace in the glass. After the head recedes, a spotty and uneven layer of lace remains.

S: Aromas of spicy yeast, banana, apple, honey, cardamom, pear, and toasted malt.

T: Big spicy Belgian yeast flavor with notes of honey, pear, grain, apple, cardamom, banana bread, minerals, and Heather detected hints of candi sugar.

M: Fruity and creamy in the beginning that quickly changes over to a decidedly drier and spicier mouthfeel but never loses its' full, oily, creaminess.

D: Very good. I was hoping for something a little more radical for such a special occasion, but I'm certainly not disappointed. Unibroue does what it does very well.

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Photo of Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Aroma: big yeast and a nice spicy aroma is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: yeast, pepper, clove, coriander, green grapes, and a nice bitterness is balanced with a solid malt base. Alcohol is noticable to.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Heavier side of a medium bodied beer. Super long aftertaste as the flavors linger on the tongue forever.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this but it is sneaky dangerous with the higher alcohol levels. This is one tasty beer.

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Photo of gpogo
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow with a small white head. Lively carbonation.

A- Nice belgian aroma. Yeasty, slightly spicy. I'm also noticing some bubble gum aroma.

T- Wonderfully complex array of flavors. Very dry initial taste loaded with that yeasty belgian flavor followed by some spicy flavors. The aftertaste almost has a peppery spice to it.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation.

D- Delicious. Get it and drink it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful pale,cloudy pilsner yllow. If a pilsnr and a wit had a baby, this is what that would look like. Average, sluggish bubbling and a quick one finger head for a Belgian beer. The color is the best looking thing about ths beer. The aroma is an herbal spicey wit like fruit. Orange peel, grains of paradise maybe and some coriander. Lovely, inviting aroma. The taste has very herbal and sweet fruit notes that blen and balance very well. Coriader is noticeable, but not strong. Just a very elegant tasting beer that goes perfect with pork chops.

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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious juicy BSPA. Hazy gold with soft head, moderate retention and appreciable lacing. Good carbonation. Smell is sweet malt and grains. Melons and light citrus. A nice dollop of Belgian yeast and attendant fruitiness. Taste is just fabulous with a spicy white pepperiness that sets off the melon and honeyed fruit notes wonderfully. Coriander and malt play. Nice malt core. Finish is clean and dry with a cinnamon and pepper hanging out on the palate. Feel is super creamy and light. Carbonation jjust wonderful. This drinks like a Belgian blonde but it has more kick so be careful.

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